7 June 2017

Rarely seen Moomin painting by Tove Jansson

In 1974 Tove Jansson donated one of her Moomin paintings from the 1960s for the Nylands Nation, in Helsinki. Swedish-speaking Nylands Nation is Finland’s oldest nation at the University of Helsinki, established in 1643 in Turku.

During the years the painting has once been stolen but luckily returned afterward. Maybe this has something to do with the student pranks…?


Tove Jansson, 1960s
Aquarelle
Photo: Fredrik Forssell, 2007 / Nylands nation vid Helsingfors universitet

 

In 1990 Tove Jansson was selected as an honorary member of the Nylands Nation. In April 1990 an annual celebration took place in Helsinki and Tove Jansson spent the evening together with the professor, chancellor Jan-Magnus Jansson.


Photo: Nylands nation vid Helsingfors universitet

During the celebration, Tove’s favorite schnapps song “Suparna de sitta…” was also sung and even today the song can be found from the Nylands Nation’s songbook – because Tove herself so wished.